Daniel M. Kammen

Professor and co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment


"The scientific verdict on climate change is long-since decided; we must act now, not in a decade, but now. The financial case has also become clear: It is past time to create the new clean and low-carbon energy economy. The Copenhagen Climate Council is the right venue at the right time to forge new understanding of the opportunities to blend best science with progressive economics to create new business opportunities that can bring about the energy system we want, not just tinker with the one we inherited."

Daniel M. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering.  Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL).  Kammen is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment. 

Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. '84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. '86, Ph.D. '88) training is in physics After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 - 1998.  He then moved to UC Berkeley. 

Through RAEL (http://rael.berkeley.edu) Kammen works with faculty and industry colleagues, fellows, and 20 students on a wide range of  energy science, engineering, economics and policy projects.  The focus of Kammen's work is on the science and policy of clean, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, the role of energy in national energy policy, international climate debates, and the use and impacts of energy sources and technologies on development, particularly in Africa and Latin America.  Kammen has published five books, over 200 journal articles and 30 research reports.  He has testified many times to the U. S. House and Senate, and to the legislatures in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, and Washington. 

Daniel Kammen is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 1998 was elected a Permanent Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Kammen received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club of California. 

Kammen is a primary author and serves on the executive committee of the $500 million Energy Biosciences Institute funded by BP.  The institute is a joint venture of the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Kammen is the chair of the research board of Enphase Energy, a solar and energy efficiency company, and is on the board of EDP-Renewables (Lisbon, Portugal). 

Website: http://rael.berkeley.edu & http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~kammen

Notable Activities 

Host/'Energy Czar' of the 5 part Discovery Channel TV series ‘Ecopolis' (2008). 

Copenhagen Climate Council (invited/elected member August 2008). 

President-elect, American Association for the Advancement of Science Section X, Societal Impacts of Science and Technology (2008). 

Developed ‘Berkeley First" energy efficiency and solar energy financing plan - to permit installation of clean energy systems on residences with no up-front costs (service on the Measure G Advisory Committee for the City of Berkeley, 2007 - present). 

Participating Author, California Global Warming Solutions Institute (2007/8), A $1.2 billion ratepayer and private sector funded 10-year program to address global warming. 

Chairman of the Research Board, Enphase Energy (Petaluma, CA), company to develop solar energy systems. 

Nobel Peace Prize (2007), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Contributing Lead Author on IPCC Reports (1999 - present). 

Distinguished Citizen Award, Sustainable Energy, Commonwealth Club of California (2007). 

Energy Biosciences Institute, Proposal lead-author and Executive Committee Member, $500 million BP funded institute on sustainable biofuels. 

Worked with Assemblywoman Fran Pavely on the development of AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (2007). 

Conducted first ever field-based exposure-response study on traditional biofuels, cooking, and health (Laikipia, Kenya, 1993- 2002).  Project publications: The Lancet, Science, Scientific American. 

21st Century Earth Award (Japan, 1993): for research addressing the amelioration or solution of such global environmental problems as climate change, deforestation or biodiversity preservation. 

Kammen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in Ithaca, New York.  He is married to Bamidele Fayemi Kammen, a pediatric radiologist from Nigeria, and has two daughters, Folasade (11), "Sade", and Omolara (5) "Lara".  They live in Oakland, California.

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